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Simple Lemon Chicken + Greens Sheet Pan Recipe

Simple Lemon Chicken + Greens Sheet Pan Recipe

he other night I was flipping through the Cooking Light magazine and they had a section of sheet recipes and the thought to myself "why am I not meal prepping this way? Umm hello Jo..." I pulled some lemons from the garden and went to work in the kitchen to meal prep for this upcoming week.

How To Recover From The Holiday Diet

How To Recover From The Holiday Diet

Everyone gets off track during the holidays. Gatherings, company parties, once a year desserts and treats, and even the colder weather can make it easy to get off the healthy train even for a few days. Here's a few things you can do to help you recover from the "holiday diet".

EAT: Simple Shrimp and Garlic Tofu Noodles

I remember before my fitness journey I used to think that cooking healthy food would mean a ton of ingredients that weren't already in my pantry and cooking meals that took hours to prepare. I'm not sure why this was the perception that was engrained in my mind. Maybe it has to do with our fast paced living here in America causing us to rely on things that were more convenient like fast foods or packaged foods.

As I began to learn how to cook and nourish my body I quickly realized that the best foods were the most simplest ones that had wholesome ingredients. I personally like to choose local and seasonal as much possible to ensure that I'm getting the most nutrient dense meals created. The reason why local and seasonal is my preferred way to go is because local foods ensure that you're not only helping to contribute to your local farmers, but the produce doesn't have to travel far to get to your plate. Meaning that these ingredients are plucked right before they are washed off and trucked over to your local farmer's market or Whole Foods. I also choose seasonal because the food has been grown at the same time I'm eating them and its cheaper!

Seasonal food is grown and harvested at the peak of its supply so this saves you on the hiked up pricing of off season produce and meats. The next time you're in the grocery store take note of the price of strawberries during the winter vs strawberries if you live in California. You'll notice that the price drops or there are tons of strawberry sales during April through July. This is because there's an abundant amount. This goes the same for seafood. Right now is crabbing season and Dungeness crab goes on crazy sale during this time of the year, but come spring time the prices are back up! 

Today, was spent like most of my Tuesdays; working out in the morning and studying for the rest of the day, except that I've been pretty relaxed about meal prepping because I'm experimenting a bit with eating intuitively. I didn't have a meal prepped, but purchased ingredients with the intention to prep. I was starving between my study sessions and so I whipped this meal up in less than 20 MINUTES!  I topped the shrimp over some Shirataki tofu noodles, but if that's not your jam or if you have a soy allergy use rice or toss the shrimp into a salad.

Simple Garlic and Chili Shrimp 

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 6 cloves of minced garlic 
  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil 
  • 1/2 cup of cilantro (or more) 
  • 2 tbsp of chili powder
  • 1tsp of smoked paprika
  • salt to taste
  • 1 lime cut into wedges

Directions: 

  1. Season shrimp with chili powder, paprika, and salt.
  2. Preheat your pan or cast iron skillet on medium heat and coat with coconut oil.
  3. Once pan is heated place shrimp onto the pan and cook for 2 minutes on one side undisturbed.
  4. Then mix in minced garlic and flip shrimp onto the other side. Cook for another 2 minutes
  5. Turn heat to low and toss in cilantro and juice of half of a lime.
  6. Mix and serve with lime wedges.

Garlic Noodle Recipe

  • 1 package of House Foods Shiritaki Noodles
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced.
  • 2 cups of cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp of sesame oil or coconut oil

Directions: 

  1. Drain Shiritaki noodles in a strainer. 
  2. Dice the bell pepper into 1 inch pieces.
  3. Cut cauliflower florets into halves or quarters depending on the size of the florets. 
  4. Preheat non stick pan and coat with coconut oil or sesame oil. You can use sesame oil if you're wanting more of an asian flavor. I personally love sesame oil. 
  5. Toss all the noodles into the pan and cook for about 2 minute stirring it frequently. 
  6. Mix in garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. 
  7. Then toss veggies into the pan and cook for 5 minutes, stirring it frequently.
  8. Top with shrimp or whatever protein or main dish and enjoy. 

What are some of your favorite quick and easy recipes that you rely on when you're strapped for time? Share them in the comments below. I'm always looking for some new inspiration. 

Simple Acai Bowl Recipe

For a small period of time I was pronouncing it as ah-kai. Then I was quickly corrected some lovely folks over at Maui's Farmer's Market where I first fell in love with one. Acai {Ah-sigh-ee}!  Acai is a very special small purple superfruit from the Amazon. It promotes a healthy heart and is packed full of antioxidants, omega-3s and amino acids. These little guys outrank nearly any other super fruit on the planet, maybe even the universe.

When I make mine at home I like to keep it very simple and try my best to not overcomplicate it. Mostly because its been rare for me to have moments in life where I can just stand still for a moment to make a complicated meal. 

Acai Bowl Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 acai pouch (3.53 oz) , frozen and crushed
  • 1 banana, plus 1/2 cup sliced bananas for garnish
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 1/3 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup granola, I used vanilla crunch from Whole Foods bulk section
  • 1 TBSP of chia seeds

Directions:

Combine acai, 1 banana, strawberries, berries, and almond milk in a blender. Blend until smooth. Make sure that the consistency is still pretty thick, you don't want it to be a smoothie consistency. Spoon out mixture into a bowl and top with granola, sliced bananas, coconut, and chia seeds. 

Enjoy!   

EAT // Crock pot BBQ Chicken

The crockpot. This bad boy was always known for old school recipes in my house for pot roast, and chilli, and chicken adobo!

Lately, its been one of my best friends for easy chicken prep. Last night I got home from my girl getaway and there was absolutely no time for me to prep like I normally do, so instead of slaving away for hours in the kitchen I decided to make a very simple clean recipe for my chicken.

2 ingredients are needed for this recipe:

Directions:

  1. Place the 4 chicken breasts in the crockpot
  2. Throw half a bottle of bbq sauce on top
  3. Set to cook for 8 hours
  4. Walk away

After the chicken is done, measure it out to your specific macros, mix in with your carbs, and veggies and you're good to go!

Cooking with the crockpot has been by far the easiest way for me to cook my chicken and the most effortless. Having the ability to throw my meals into the crockpot, walk away, spend the day with the family on a hike, and come back to cooked meals is the best! Enjoy.